The EY Ripples Team in SGV held two mentoring sessions last 8 and 29 January through the JA Business Skills Pass program. Co-organized with Junior Achievement Philippines (JAPI), the program allows senior high school students (Grades 11-12) to create registered mini companies, and gives SGV volunteers the opportunity to mentor them by providing insights on accounting, raising capital, marketing and selling their products.
Volunteer mentors included Assurance Leader Martin Guantes, Consulting Leader Rossana Fajardo, Assurance Partners Christine Vallejo and Shane Tanguin, FSO Partner Veronica Balisi, and Consulting Partner Allan W. Ocho (AWO). In the second session, AWO and Consulting Senior Associate Cora Gonzales led a plenary session on the role of technology in business enterprises. The plenary session was followed by breakout sessions where the students presented their business plans, and the mentors provided feedback and insights for the success of their businesses.
Once their business plans are established, the students will sell their products in an online marketplace managed by JA and compete for the title of Best Company. Two group winners will then represent the country to compete in the Asia Pacific finals for the JA Asia Pacific Company of the Year Award.
EY Ripples is a global corporate responsibility program that provides EY professionals with opportunities to use their knowledge, skills and experience to positively impact millions of lives by working with impact entrepreneurs and supporting the next generation to develop the mindsets and skills to find and sustain meaningful work.